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In a divided decision, Maryland's Public Service Commission announced Monday that ratepayers of three utilities can potentially opt out of installing smart meters, and that the commission needs additional proceedings to decide the best course.
The Maryland Public Service Commission wants to know what type of smart meters the companies plan to install or have installed in their service areas and whether they know of any reports of electrical overheating or malfunction associated the new technology.
Almost two months after the derecho ripped through the region leaving more than one million customers without power, an investigation by regulators into how utilities handled the storm is moving into a new phase.
Maryland regulators say they will take another look at the bill stabilization adjustment, a monthly surcharge appearing on power bills.
A Maryland state senator wants to stop allowing utilities to charge a fee to cover storm-related losses, even after many customers had to go without power for days.